Nutrition for Active Kids

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Date Posted:
July 05, 2016

Young athletes need different amounts of calories based on their age, body size and activity level.

  • Planning and Prep

    Julienne Vegetables

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    Finding fun and new ways to serve vegetables – like julienning – can make it easier to get the two and a half cups we need every day. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Food Safety When Dining Outdoors

    Picnics, campouts and tailgates are a few of the great reasons to eat outdoors. Just follow these tips from Torey Armul, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, to make sure your next cookout adventure doesn't come with a case of food poisoning. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Safely Pack Your Lunch

    A packed lunch can be a great way to eat healthfully when you're away from home. Whether you are packing your child's lunch for school or your own lunch for work, there are important food safety practices you must remember. Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, provides tips on how to keep bacteria away while packing lunch. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Food Safety When Hosting a Party

    Hosting a party is a fun way to bring food, friends and family together. Whether you're hosting a sit-down dinner or buffet-style reception, it's important to serve food that is not only delicious but safe, too. Watch as Nancy Farrell, MS, RDN, offers tips to keep your party safe from food poisoning. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Jerk Chicken Kebabs Recipe Video

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    Ready to head outside and grill up nutritious Jerk Chicken Kebabs? Watch Angela Ginn, RDN, LDN, CDE, make this hassle-free dish, featuring proper food preparation techniques so you can see how it's done each step of the way.

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  • Multimedia

    Chicken and Plantain Stew Recipe Video

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    Want to make a simple yet delicious Chicken and Plantain Stew in a snap? Watch Ximena Jimenez, MS, RDN, LD, make this nutritious dish, featuring proper food preparation techniques so you can see how it’s done each step of the way.

    View the recipe here.

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  • Multimedia

    How to Grill Safely Video

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    Love to grill? Registered dietitian nutritionist Jim White offers tips to grill safely and avoid common mistakes that might result in food poisoning. View Item

  • Exercise

    30-Minute Workouts for Any Schedule

    Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN

    Who isn't in a time crunch these days? Even with the best intentions, it's easy to fall off the workout wagon after a hiccup in a weekly routine. Yet, the beneficial effects of exercise are undeniable and far outweigh any risk in most adults. View Item

  • Sports and Performance

    Protein and the Athlete — How Much Do You Need?

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    How much protein is really necessary for athletes? While protein is critical in building muscle mass, more is not necessarily better. Eating large amounts of lean protein will not equate with a toned body. View Item

  • Nutrition

    Eating to Boost Energy

    Tara Gidus, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD

    Let's face it, we are are busy, stressed, need more physical activity and sometimes have poor eating habits — all contributing to low energy levels. One way to fix our energy deficit is changing how we eat. View Item

  • Four Steps

    Cooking Guide for High Altitudes

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    As elevation increases, the atmospheric pressure decreases, or becomes thinner. The atmosphere becomes drier and liquids evaporate more rapidly, resulting in the need for changes in cooking methods. High altitude is defined as an elevation of 3,000 feet or more above sea level. View Item

  • Planning and Prep

    Frozen Foods: Convenient and Nutritious

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Today's freezer case is stocked with every kind of convenience food. Enjoy healthy frozen foods with little time or effort with the following tips. View Item

  • Wellness

    9 Nutrition Tips for Young Men

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    To fuel a young active mind and body, the key is balance. Follow a healthy eating plan featuring lean protein, vegetables and whole-grains. Have fruit and low-fat dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt for snacks. View Item

  • Four Steps

    Packing the Perfect Cooler

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    When you're planning a day outdoors, bringing a cooler can keep your food safe, fresh and tasting great for hours. However, to get maximum mileage out of your cooler — and minimize the chance of food poisoning — you have to load it properly. View Item

  • Nutrition

    Are Health Claims of Functional and Fortified Foods True?

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    At the grocery store, you'll find plenty of breakfast cereals, yogurts and nut butters with health benefits proclaimed on their packaging. Can these modified foods be considered functional foods? What is a functional food exactly? View Item

  • Diseases and Conditions

    Kidney Disease: High- and Moderate-Potassium Foods

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    If you have kidney disease, your doctor or RDN will let you know if you need to avoid foods high in potassium. The following list shows examples of foods that are high and moderate in potassium. View Item

  • Nutrition

    Processed Foods: What's OK and What to Avoid

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Processed food has a bad reputation as a diet saboteur, but processed food is more than boxed macaroni and cheese, potato chips and drive-thru hamburgers. Here's how to sort the nutritious from the not-so-nutritious. View Item

  • Wellness

    4 Types of Foods to Help Boost Your Memory

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    The best menu for boosting memory and brain function encourages good blood flow to the brain — much like what you'd eat to nourish and protect your heart. Strengthen recall by adding these foods to your diet. View Item

  • Resources

    National Nutrition Month

    National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. View Item

  • Nutrition

    The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Get to know the basics of the Nutrition Facts Panel, and understand the parts and pieces, from serving size, total calories and fat to percent of Daily Values. View Item

  • Weight Loss

    4 Metabolism Myths and Facts

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Why can one person eat like a growing teenager and not gain a pound, while another person's every indulgence shows up on the scale? Chalk it up to individual differences in metabolism, muscle mass and physical activity. View Item

  • Safety Tips

    Is Raw Seafood Safe To Eat?

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    People have been eating raw seafood from the beginning of time. But does that mean we should be doing so now? Get expert advice on consuming raw seafood. View Item

  • Weight Loss

    5 Tips to Kick Bad Eating Habits to the Curb

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, ordering takeout, getting jitters from coffee overload and counting potato chips as part of a viable diet plan? It's time to kick those habits to the curb and start eating right. View Item

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